My sweet Mama survived my days of sleep deprivation, and so did I. We mosied north from Charlotte to Winston-Salem where we had a nice event in High Point, only we totally forgot to take pictures. I also forgot to get the email address of the super sweet lady who bought a bunch of my books and asked to take my information back to the 200-member High Point Literary League. Earth to Pamela, huge opportunity knocking. OK, maybe I wasn’t 100% myself yet.

I did better in Raleigh, after another good rest. I am not supposed to tell you how many times my mother got lost in the Greensboro KOA, by the way, so I’ll just leave it up to your imagination. And oh yeah, the monsoons continued.

Fancy schmancy bathrooms in Greensboro KOA.

Fancy schmancy bathrooms in Greensboro KOA.

All was not fun and games there, however. I’m still rattled by witnessing a man walk up to a young teen boy and elbow him across the temple. By the time I had decided how to safely handle the situation, their RV had left. If Eric had been with us, we probably would have been shot, because he would have stormed out of the RV like a vigilante. It crossed my mind. I’ll admit I was scared, scared of escalating the situation. I’m praying for that kid, though, and I wish I could have called the license plate in to the cops.

We arrived in Raleigh early enough to give Petey a great walk while GiGi Mama got her nails did, and do some shopping damage at Ross and Marshall’s. While I was walking across the shopping center parking lot, I heard someone yell, “Hey Pamela.” It turned out to be my Happy Mama peeps Adrienne and Kay! And the Happy Mama Retreat (special needs parents) hotel was only minutes away!!

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Our event did not start well. This location not only did not stock any of my books except Saving Grace, they didn’t even care to make money by letting us sell our copies on their behalf. Boy did they miss out. Not only did high school classmate Liz and her friend show up (bearing gifts! Petey loves his duck!), but so did my Aunt Susie-Mama’s sis-in-law and her husband as well as nearly TEN HAPPY MAMAS!!

I was so surprised by the Happy Mamas. I had tried to make it clear that I didn’t want to take any of them away from their festivities, but Cathy B. wasn’t having any of that and Penny hied a shuttle, loading up Linda, Adrienne, Kay, Gina, and a few new friends. My mom was quite the hit with all my peeps.

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The Happy Mamas plus Liz plus a bunch of strangers all added up to bowling B&N over. And the Happy Mamas refused to buy Saving Grace there since they couldn’t get the other books, especially Clark Kent Chronicles, of course. When I showed up at Happy Mamas the next day, they bought the crap out of my books. Oh well, B&N Brier Creek/Raleigh, you passed up $400 in additional sales to save yourself a HUMONGOUS 1-page hassle of consignment paperwork (Gee, is there any relation between their financial woes and this anti-profit mentality???).

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Happy Mamas!!

Funny, though, because in the eyes of the store manager, we rocked it. We just could have rocked it much, much harder.

I almost left out the best part. Guess who joined us halfway through the signing? Yep, my good looking husband.

In the words of Bob Dylan as most recently sung by Hootie of Blowfish fame, “And I’m a hopin’ for Raleigh I can see my baby tonight.” Yah mon.

Then he took GiGi and me out to dinner at Longhorn steakhouse, which was awesome because I hadn’t eaten except in the RV for five days. Unless you count the red velvet cheesecake I caved for at the B&N cafe, after holding out against it for five weeks. Which I guess you have to since I had a sugar migraine with matching body pain all night long. It wasn’t even that good, y’all. I should know better by now. Well, I do. I am just weak and stupid sometimes.

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Not only did we rock the Carolinas, but we rocked YOUTUBE! Here’s the new video trailer for Leaving Annalise — don’t be afraid to share it with a friend 😉 and to leave an HONEST review on Amazon and/or Goodreads when you’ve finished reading it. Please.

Check out some of the OMG-awesome reviews so far — note they don’t have to be anything but honest and heartfelt:

Most Recent Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read, July 15, 2013
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This review is from: Leaving Annalise (Katie and Annalise) (Volume 2) (Paperback)

I loved this book. It was a great sequel to “Saving Grace”. It was something that keeps you wanting to read more. I can’t wait to read the next book.

5.0 out of 5 stars full of all the things that make a good book good…, July 15, 2013
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Leaving Annalise was wonderful…I couldn’t stop once I started, and just like Saving Grace, it is full of all the things that make a good book good. I love Katie…she is complicated and imperfect, brave, self-reliant and evolving…and I feel like I travel right along side her…

5.0 out of 5 stars I love Katie and Annalise!, July 14, 2013
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This second book in the Katie and Annalise series is superb! I re-read “Saving Grace” before starting “Leaving Annalise,” and I had high expectations. Pamela exceeded those expectations with more adventure, comedy and heart-melting relationships. I am in love with Annalise and can’t wait to read more from the series! Way to go, Pamela!!

5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this one as much as the first one, July 14, 2013
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She did it again. The characters warmed my heart or chilled me to the bone. The setting was delicious. The plot was riveting. I recommend this, but read the first book FIRST please.

 

Exciting developments afoot on the publishing front. I think we’ve discovered a wonderful writer of romantic legal thrillers. Stay tuned on that one. Meanwhile, we are working on crossing a major small publisher-hurdle, moving from Print on Demand to warehoused availability like the big boys. Again, stay tuned.

The talented Happy Mama Tanji Dewberry.

The talented Happy Mama Tanji Dewberry.

It rained all night long again in Raleigh. Mom flew out before Eric and I spent a fantastic day with the Happy Mamas. Then Eric and I jumped in the Bookmobile with Petey and headed south for FORTY-EIGHT HOURS of vacation in the South Carolina Low Country which I have long loved and yearned to visit through the writings of Pat Conroy. Squee!

That’s all I got.

Pamelot

 

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10 Responses to Darius Rucker told me so.

  1. Cathy B says:

    AAWW you are too much!! Props goes to Penny for securing the shuttle!! I just spread the word that I was going to visit you & if anyone wanted to tag along that would be great. You are beautiful inside & out. I love your books and look forward to reading many many more!!! Enjoy the rest of your tour & enjoy your time with Clark!!!! God bless you & your beautiful family!!!

  2. I love these rambling posts! I can see a book, yes I can!! It really is amazing the differences between bookstores, how some go all out an others barely act like you’re there. LOVED the video but got stuck on Petey and Cowboy playing – how funny!! I know you’ll be glad to get home but I’ve enjoyed your trip with you!

  3. Pamela says:

    Truly home sounds great but I’m still happy to be exploring. Today we are in Savannah and loving it!

  4. I love how you have turned your vision into reality! Totally awesome!

  5. Eric Hutchins says:

    Rock me baby like a wagon wheel.
    Thank you Hootie
    Happy Mommas really is a great event, a lot of really nice really amazing women there. Was glad I could be there for this stop.
    And while the support that Pamela continues to have in general from the Barnes and Noble store personnel has been wonderful it is “interesting” the lack of standardization in thier policies and the fact that some are so much more proactive, creative and excited about finding ways to create the best possible event, than others. Oh well, all in all everyone has been so great to Pamela. No complaints thats for sure.

  6. Eric Hutchins says:

    And Yeahh Heidi on the Trailer. Good Stuff.

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